Historic river towns of Echuca and Moama
Welcome to Echuca and Moama, Australia’s paddle steamer capital!
The historic Port of Echuca literally means the ‘meeting of the waters’ sits on the junction of the Murray and Campaspe and just downstream from the Goulburn River. It is Australia’s Paddle Steamer capital with a rich and exciting colonial heritage. It’s also the perfect place for a relaxing holiday with plenty to see and do only 2.5 hours from Melbourne.
Discover a wonderful climate, beautiful riverside locations, splendid sightseeing, and a surprising array of shops, accommodation, Share the fun at a club or dine out at stylish restaurants or enjoy the many cafés and eateries, the choice is yours. Echuca has a myriad festivals and events. The Winter Blues Festival in July and the Riverboats Music Festival in February to name a couple. You can explore the old Port of Echuca and the amazing riverboat days. See the lively paddlewheelers and working steam engines. There’s fun for the whole family.
For the adventure seekers try the Splat Attack Paintball and Laser Tag Adventure. Get a group of family or friends and try out the great courses on offer. Splat Attack Paintball Field in Echuca-Moama is quite simply Australia’s biggest and best Paintball venue, not to mention Melbourne’s closest paintball playing venue for players aged 16 and up!
Experience the mighty Murray River on a river cruise, rent a houseboat in Echuca, go fishing, swimming or simply paddle a canoe. It’s a delightful way to unwind. Wake up to clear country air and a chorus of birds. Explore nearby towns, magnificent red gum forests, wetlands and fauna parks. Soak up a lifetime of memories.
Come and enjoy Echuca and Moama, for a week, a weekend, or even a day! Visitors never forget the feeling they have when they first sight an historic paddle steamer churning its way down the Murray; it is a feeling of time standing still. The Echuca-Moama region is famous for transporting visitors back in time as they become immersed in the history and atmosphere of the region.
One of the unique qualities that Echuca has to offer is the faithful restoration of the town buildings and public areas. From the historic port area, to the streetscapes with large verandahs, wide streets and smiling townspeople. Echuca is set to charm even the most seasoned of travellers.
Local Attractions in Echuca
Echuca-Moama have a great range of attractions and things to do you’ll struggle knowing where to start. The number one attraction in the region is the historic Port of Echuca.
- Murray River Paddlesteamers
- Kingfisher Cruises (eco cruises)
- Echuca Paddlesteamers
- Port of Echuca
- Splat Attack Paintball & Laser Tag
- The Great Aussie Beer Shed
- National Holden Museum
- Billabong Ranch Trail Rides & Carriages
- Brett Sands Watersports
- Echuca Historial Society Museum
- The Backroads Trail
- The Customs House Echuca
Just over the river into New South Wales, Moama offers visitors a range of experiences. The many sports clubs are favourite destinations for all ages, whether it is a friendly game of bowls or a flutter on the pokies. Magnificent golf courses (Rich River Golf Club) and sporting experiences are offered by Moama’s clubs.
Wining & Dining
Echuca-Moama offers some of the best food and wine experiences in the Goulburn-Murray Waters region. Fine dining with formal and more casual bistro options feature regional wines and innovative cuisine that cater for all tastes and budgets. Food! Local gourmet produce and innovative chefs make for a great combination.
Fresh, contemporary food styles are a feature, whether at a top restaurant or a local club. There is a selection of fine dining and budget options for singles, couples and families. Blue skies and temperate weather make ideal conditions for al fresco dining. Many Echuca hotels, restaurants and cafes have outdoor eating options.
Magnificent red gum Forests and Parks
The forests surrounding and near Echuca Moama are some of the best in Australia…a great escape for all! Forest areas at Barmah, Moira, Perricoota and Rushworth all offer slightly different bushland experiences. Whilst wildlife abounds in these natural areas, many prefer to visit the Kyabram Fauna Park to get a first hand experience with native animals.
Echuca – it literally means the ‘meeting of the waters’ and although the Echuca-Moama area is probably better known for its water skiing, there is some great fishing to be had for those in the know. Many fishing experts believe that Echuca-Moama is the most under appreciated freshwater fishery along the Murray.
The best fishing is to be had either downstream of Echuca towards Torrumbarry, where the river is wide and deep, or upstream, where it narrows and races through the magnificent Moira and Barmah Redgum Forests. Good catches of the infamous Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Silver Perch and occasionally, Redfin are found in these areas.
Walking and Cycling
One of the best ways to enjoy Echuca-Moama is to get out, take in the fresh air and sunshine and either walk or cycle around the area. There are a couple of scenic routes that take advantage of the flat terrain, whilst at the same time providing glimpses of this area not available by car. There is a five kilometre walk or ride, with an additional ten kilometre option.
Echuca-Moama Visitor Information Centre
Freecall 1800 804 446
2 Heygarth Street, Echuca VIC 3564